The Winston-Salem City Council Merry-Go-Round: June 4, 2018

Monday’s city council meeting was brief. In just over an hour the Winston-Salem City Council meeting ended. That’s the Allen Joines’ machine at work. Little debate, no contentious arguments, and no public comment-except where prescribed by law! That’s what rule by the rich looks like in Winston!

The principal topic before the council Monday was a zoning petition in Ardmore. A developer wanted to convert a former goat farm on the corner of Ebert and Silas Creek into a townhome/office … Read the rest

Winston-Salem City Council Refuses To Support Undocumented Immigrants

It looked like last night’s Winston-Salem City Council meeting would finally see Council Member Dan Besse’s Welcoming City resolution come to a vote. But that wasn’t the case. In a surprise move, Besse removed his resolution from the city council’s agenda without any opposition or debate. Besse stated that he wasn’t giving up on his Welcoming City resolution. Rather, he was working on a compromise that the city council could endorse. I think it’s time for progressive activists to give … Read the rest

Big Tobacco’s Favorite Governor Comes To Winston-Salem Again

“I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order.” That’s how Indiana Governor Mike Pence typically introduces himself. I suppose if Pence forthrightly told his supporters at the Millennium Center Tuesday that he’s a tireless supporter of Big Tobacco, Big Coal and Big Banks in that order it would be a little off-putting. But that’s the truth. Mike Pence may very well be Big Tobacco’s favorite governor.

Governor Pence is a cigarette truther. He’s questioned the connection … Read the rest

Mayor Joines, Democrat Council Members Endorsed Clinton At Wake

Nearly a month ago, before North Carolina’s Democratic primary, Bill Clinton visited Wake Forest. The former president spoke at Wake’s law school before a couple hundred students and members of the community. Melissa Harris-Perry’s Wake the Vote brought Clinton to Wake. Clinton spoke to young voters, a demographic which clearly prefers Bernie Sanders, Clinton urged them to vote for Hillary.

Here is an excerpt of Bill Clinton double-talking on the issue of student debt:

“As he progressed through issues,

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Winston’s LGBTQ Community Voices Its Opposition To HB2

Concerned members of Winston’s LGBTQ Community and their allies packed City Hall Monday night. They patiently waited their turn to publicly comment on House Bill 2. After the city council finished debating other matters, Councilman Dan Besse introduced his resolution condemning House Bill 2. Besse criticized House Bill 2 as an unConstitutional legislative over-reach by Governor McCrory and the General Assembly. Besse said that House Bill 2 was bad legislation that would among other things, ban Winston-Salem from awarding city … Read the rest